Eric Tinkler delighted with Cape Town City's first half

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City bossed proceedings from the first whistle, taking a 4-0 lead into half-time, largely thanks to man-of-the-match Bhongolethu Jayiya’s 10-minute hat-trick.

“I thought the performance in the first half was really, really phenomenal, and we could have come into half-time 6-0 up,” a delighted Tinkler told SuperSportTV after the game. “Chippa are a possession-based team, and take a lot of risks in their build-up play, and if we pressed them and capitalised on their mistakes, we knew we could hurt them, and we did that.”

Despite having more chances to score in the second stanza, City failed to do so and instead ended up conceding in the 75th minute, much to their coach’s dismay.

“At half-time I told the players of the importance of keeping the momentum going and continuing off of what we did in the first half, and that we needed to keep a clean sheet, which we didn’t end up doing – we weren’t compact enough to deal with the one-twos, and were punished for it,” he said.

“But I’m happy with the result, though we could have wrapped it up in the second half with two or three goals which would have made it an extremely comfortable win.”

The three points leave City a point ahead of Bidvest Wits at the summit of the standings, albeit having played two games more, as Chippa remain tenth.